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Advice/review for my intel core i5 2500k build

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October 11, 2011 1:40:27 AM

CPU-intel Core i5 2500K:

COOLER-Thermalright Venomous X:o r thermalright silver arrow (unsure yet)


RAM-2x4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz:

VIDEO CARD-EVGA GTX 570 to start with want to get another one once i get enough money

CASE-Cooler Master HAF X: or Antec DF-85 Black ATX Full Tower Computer Case(unsure yet)

OCZ Vertex 3 128GB SSD SATA III:

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB:


please tell me what you think and what PSU should i get keep in mind i would like to buy another 570 at some point so should i get more power then i need now preparing for it or can you even do that.

also do you think i will be able to max out crysis 2 and bf3 with only one 570 or do i need 2?
October 11, 2011 2:26:16 AM

Cooler: Get the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, cheaper for same performance

GPU: I would recommend the MSI Twin Frozr III version of the 570, it has incredible temps and overclocks very well.

Case: Go for the HAF 932 instead of the HAF X. It is $40 cheaper for almost the same case.

SSD: I have read so many bad things about OCZ SSDs, I would highly recommend Crucial M4 for a SSD.

With SLI 570, you need a good 750 watt power supply. If you plan on overclocking your CPU and both graphics cards, I would get an 850 watt just in case. I have the Corsair HX850 and highly recommend it. Corsair and Seasonic are the brands you want to look at, with 80+ Silver as the sweet spot for price/quality.

You will be able to max crysis 2 and bf3 with one 570. I run out of Vram on both of those games, but it is not an issue. I get an average of 36-40 fps in crysis 2 (Dx11 w/ High res textures 1080p) and around 50-60 in the BF3 beta
October 11, 2011 2:50:35 AM

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $204.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible $39.99

EVGA 012-P3-1578-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) Classified 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $359.99 and a $10 rebate.

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $129.99

I would go with the cooler Master Half-X it is big with plenty of room and an amazing amount of cooling options , especially for video cards. For the video card I would go with the Evga because the company stands behind thier lifetime warrenty and I do have experience with that. They also have a step up program which if within 90 days of purchase you want to upgrade you can trade in the one you have for a better one , which in this case you could trade in the 570 for a 580. On the SSD I would go with Corsair, the Force GT is fast and solid. The cpu cooler from Cooler Master is a new model and you want good dependable cooling for your cpu. Antec makes a great dependable power supply and this one will give you enough power for now and later on.
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October 11, 2011 2:53:55 AM

Add xfx your list of psu options. Seasonic oems all their units so you're safe across all models.

Pc power & cooling silencer series is also getting good reviews. 7 year warranty. What more could you ask for? Oh and they're also silver certified.
October 11, 2011 3:08:36 AM

Hate to be nitpicky, but no one truly knows what "maxing out" bf3 is - supposedly the ultra setting in the beta is just "high" in the retail install...

That said, one is probably fine.
October 11, 2011 3:26:43 AM

Bulldozer launches on Oct. 12th. Wait 1 week for prices to drop before you build. Then come back to this thread or start a new one after prices have changed.